#HPMKT Experience

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VIP High Point Market Experience 

Thinking about going to High Point but don’t know where to start?

Soft Design Lab ‘s Deb Barrett and Jackie Von Tobel  produce The VIP High Point Market Experience (#HPMKT) in cooperation with High Point Market Authority Spring Market.  Join us for the most exciting home furnishings trade show in North America.

October 13-17, 2018

Five great reasons to register for the VIP Market Experience:

High Point Market- This is the most exciting home furnishings event on the continent! We’ll show you the ins-and-outs, and give you VIP access to exclusive destinations where most first-time attendees simply can’t get in.

Design Inspiration-What can we say, for one week in April, High Point Market is the center of the design universe – and you can be at the center of it all.

VIP Access-It’s one thing to walk through all the amazing showrooms. It’s another to meet the people behind the brands, get the backstory, understand the vision, and gain the knowledge and skills to sell and design interiors – and that’s what Deb and Jackie deliver.

We’re your Personal Concierge-Soft Design Lab takes care of all of the planning. You just concentrate on enjoying the show and having a great time. Plus, your total cost will be less than you would spend on your own!

It’s tax deductible!-Not only that, but as an IvyMark member we have a special offer for you! VIP High Point Market

Hear what other interior designers are saying about the VIP Experience…


We are thrilled to announce our  VIP High Point Market Experience Tour to High Point Fall Market * in cooperation with High Point Market Authority. If you have never been to High Point Market or have not attended in the past 3 markets, you are qualified to join our exclusive Buyers VIP Tour.  This is the only way to visit the most exciting home furnishings trade show in North America. The tour is limited to 20 attendees with places reserved on a first come, first serve basis. We will take care of all of the planning, so you can concentrate on the show, buying and having a great time.



Our tour hotel is the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons, a 28-story tower hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina and adjacent to Four Seasons Town Centre, with 1.3 million square feet of shops and restaurants. The Sheraton is super convenient to Market with its own dedicated shuttle to and from Market. Your non-smoking room features a large work area; double beds and complimentary wireless internet access.
The hotel has three restaurants (and Room Service) to enjoy everything from delicious steaks, grilled salmon to pizzas and deli sandwiches. Catch a morning coffee before we’re off to #HPMKT at Café Expresso or relax at the end of the day in one of our three lobby bars. The hotel offers a 24 hour front desk and concierge. As a guest you also have access to the fitness center and swimming pool. There is even a UPS store to ship your Market finds back home.

*contact us for supplemental single room upcharges

Our curated excursions are not your average cookie cutter tours. We’ll have discussions, presentations, private dinners, creative collaborations, demos and more… your options will be endless. One thing is certain, if you want one stop shopping to maximize your time and travel dollars this is the tour for you.

The best way to see High Point Market is through a designer’s eye- YOURS! We have crafted what we think is a perfect blend of group time and alone time. We’ll be filling out your market “dance card” as we get closer to Market, giving you exclusive access to design destinations and events that you normally might not be able to take advantage of on your own.

We have THE BEST tour guides…

We are excited to share an extraordinary week of events with you. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll be seeing and doing:

  • A pre-market, informational webinar to get you ready to go
  •  Five (5) nights accommodations at Sheraton Four Seasons Greensboro, NC; double- occupancy
  • Dedicated Van to Market each day
  • Airport transfers to and from (Airfare not included)
  • Daily transportation between showrooms and manufacturers.
  • Design destinations and insider access to showrooms and ateliers across High Point
  • Daily educational event schedule
  • Private luncheons and receptions
  • Access to the industry’s mover and shakers
  • Countless social and networking opportunities, VIP party invitations, concerts and more
  •  PR and Press opportunities
  • Farewell Dinner at Green Valley Grill
  • VIP welcome package and market survival kit

Tour Package $1765

Got questions?  Want to get on our waiting list? Contact us below.

Email Deb at deb@softdesignlab.com or Jackie at jackie@softdesignlab.com

Sample Itinerary    





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The Fine Print

Tour does NOT include:

  • Airfare from home city to Greensboro/ Charlotte/ Raleigh Durham round trip
  • Any meals except as noted
  • Any admissions or fees except as noted
  • Additional transportation fees outside of those listed above
  • Optional activities, entries & transportation is on you.
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for hotel staff, taxis, etc.
  • All items of a personal nature, such as telephone calls, laundry, pay TV, hotel mini-bars, etc
  • All private excursions not specified in the itinerary
  • Public transport, taxi, local bus, rail or flights not specified in the itinerary
  • Wine, liquor, soft drinks
  • Any other items not specifically mentioned as included above and listed here.

Cancellations – The deposit is non-refundable; 60 days prior to tour date – 50% non-refundable; 30 days prior to tour date – 100% non-refundable. Cancellation within 30 days or less will result in forfeiture of the entire cost of the tour. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly advised; medical insurance is required.

Airfare- Air transportation to and from High Point area (Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh Durham) is the responsibility of the participant. You will need to be in High Point from Friday, October 13,  2018 at 12 PM, to Wednesday,October 17, 2018. Please arrange your flights accordingly. Transportation to and from Greensboro/ Charlotte/ Raleigh Durham Airports are included. We will provide information on transfers from the airport to our hotel 10 days BEFORE tour departure.

Hotel- Five (5) nights of accommodation, double occupancy will be provided. Breakfast is not included.  Call for the single room supplement charge.

Entrance Fees, Tickets, Group Meals- Admission to all venues, instruction sessions, tours and meals listed above is included. All other meals are the responsibility of the individual.

Not Included in the Tour Price- Personal and/or baggage insurance, excess baggage, meals, tours and entrance fees not specified in the itinerary, all items of a personal nature such as laundry, cleaning, telephone, and beverages. Wine, liquor, soft drinks, tips to porters, drivers and local guides, and any other items not specifically mentioned as included above and listed here.

Deb Barrett, Jackie Von Tobel and their agents in regard to travel, assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity which may be occasioned, either by reason of defect in any vehicle, or through the acts of default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the tour. They can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in services, sickness, weather, strikes, war, terrorist action, quarantine or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the participant as tour rates provide for arrangements only for the times stated. The right is reserved to substitute a hotel of similar quality. The right is reserved to make minor changes in the itinerary, and the right is reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure, in which case a full refund will constitute full settlement to the passenger. No refund will be made for any unused portion of the tour. Jackie Von Tobel and Deb Barrett will be in regular contact with tour participants before we go to High Point; a full range of pre-trip information will be provided.

You may email your registration form and payment details to deb@debbarrett.com or mail them to: Deb Barrett, P.O. Box 169. Kaneville, IL 60144